Susanna P. Campbell, Global Governance and Local Peace (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Why do international peacebuilding organizations sometimes succeed and sometimes fail, even within the same country? Bridging the gaps between the peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and global governance scholarship, this book argues that international peacebuilding organizations repeatedly fail because they are accountable to global actors, not to local institutions or people. International peacebuilding organizations can succeed only when country-based staff bypass existing accountability structures and empower local stakeholders to hold their global organizations accountable for achieving local-level peacebuilding outcomes. In other words, the innovative, if seemingly wayward, actions of individual country-office staff are necessary to improve peacebuilding performance. Using in-depth studies of organizations operating in Burundi over a fifteen-year period, combined with fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nepal, South Sudan, and Sudan, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of international relations, African studies, and peace and conflict studies as well as policymakers.

  • The only study that systematically identifies the reasons for both success and failure in peacebuilding across different types of intervening organizations, including international organizations, international non-governmental organizations, and bilateral aid donors
  • Offers a rigorous comparative case study research design that is grounded in detailed fieldwork conducted over a fifteen-year period in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nepal, South Sudan, and Sudan
  • Presents a new conceptualization of peacebuilding performance that is grounded in the fluid nature of war-to-peace transitions and the coexistence and coevolution of violent conflict and peaceful cooperation

About the Author
Susanna P. Campbell is an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service, Washington DC. She has published extensively on international intervention in conflict-affected countries, focusing on how global governance organizations interact with the micro-dynamics of conflict and cooperation. Professor Campbell has been awarded scholarly and policy grants for her research, including from the United States Institute of Peace. She has led large evaluations of international intervention in conflict-affected countries, including for the United Nations and the World Bank, and conducted extensive fieldwork in sub-Saharan Africa and globally. Her scholarship has contributed to demonstrated policy change at the global and local levels.